The Abandoned Campus

A local college campus has recently been abandoned–awesome! It would make a great place to film a horror movie. I took some creepy pictures throughout the fall there! The pictures of turbines and cool machines at the beginning of the slideshow is a weather station.  When you hear the local temperature or precipitation amount(on the local news), the numbers are coming from there! Check it out:

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The Strange Creatures to the South

Some of you are going to celebrate Thanksgiving this week.

Fried Turkey

Ritual Thanksgiving turkey sacrifice to the flame gods.

Dear Americans,

We need to talk.

What the heck is a deep fried turkey, and why have I never heard of this before? Does it taste good? Is it possible to cook one safely? Does this only happen in the United States? Please explain this phenomenon to me, it makes no sense to my Canadian brain.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, watch this compilation of “Deep Fried Turkey Fails.”

The Ring–Part Deux

I watched The Ring Two last night. What an utter disappointment!

First of all, the wardrobe and hair were awful. Everything that made Rachel(Naomi Watts) so sweet and likable in the first film was taken over by the worst of early 2000s fashion. In one scene, Rachel wakes up with perfectly scrunched curls–in the first movie her hair was (tastefully)slightly wavy.  After watching The Ring Two, I wanted to listen to some Spice Girls or something.  Conversely, Aidan(David Dorfman) had a much better haircut this time ’round.

Child actor David Dorfman definitely upped his game. A combination of writing, hair, and strong acting made the character Aidan more real and less innately repulsive. Seeing Dorfman’s progress as a young actor was the highlight of the whole movie.

Costumes and acting are important, but there was one thing that really let me down. What made The Ring shine was it’s artistic flair. The episodic segments of the first movie showing how many days Rachel had left to live created a sense of dread and urgency. The Ring Two wasn’t even scary–just inadequate.  It’s as if all of the budget was spent on unrealistic special effects(and paying Simon Baker), and all of the gloomy, gothic love was thrown aside as worthless.

One thing that contributed to this lack-of-horror movie was the storytelling. Samara’s story was told in an unsympathetic, detached way. Having a twisted sense of sympathy for a murdered child and disgust for her post-mortem crimes really wrenched viewer’s guts the first time.

My advice to movie-goers is this: stick with The Ring, and don’t taint it’s memory with this unsatisfying sequel. The Ring Two is a waste of your time. As much as you think you want more of Rachel and Aidan’s horrific ordeal, you really have better things to do. Really.

The Ring Two(2005) 2.5/5 Stars.

The Ring 3/5 Stars

I really do have to give everyone who had a hand in The Ring, well, a hand.  This thrilling horror movie was entertaining despite it’s blasé beginning.

The Ring starts with two teenaged girls watching TV and talking.  One of which has seen “The Tape.” It’s rumored that there’s a tape, and if you watch it, you’ll die in seven days. I know I rolled my eyes when I saw that part.

The music is mediocre, thanks to Hans Zimmer. The acting is good; not bad nor great.  The story itself is just a regular scary story; with creepy(and pasty) children and mentally ill mothers. If I were to give you one reason why you should watch The Ring, I’d say this: it’s a feast for the eyes.

Indeed, it’s greatest feature is the presumptuous Gothic cinematography. The Ring is even aware of it’s own try-hard art film nature. After seeing “The Tape” Noah(Martin Henderson) declares, “(it’s)Very student film.”  Even though some may think it’s a silly and earnest attempt at “art,” I liked it. The Ring is obviously not an art film, and it has no deeper meaning or “take away.” Can’t The Ring have it’s glowy green-and-red lens for the sake of beauty?

I did enjoy being a tad bit uneasy at parts, but the real pleasure was the moody shots of skies, trees, and creaking cottages. If you’re not one to appreciate these sorts of things, skip this one. Also, if you love horses, I’d keep my distance. For the rest of us wannabe art students: have at ‘er!

The Ring(2002) 3/5 stars

Yes, I am Cheap

I love free samples, promotions, and sweepstakes!  Free stuff is awesome,

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especially if you’re a cheap-o like me! None of the links in this post are affiliate links or sponsored. I’m just sharing the goodies for everyone to enjoy!  Unfortunately, most of these will only work in Canada or the United States.  Sorry to all you guys in the rest of the world.

You will need:

  • A phone number
  • An email Address
  • An address and postal code
  • The Internet/a computer

Enter contests you see in magazines and on websites:

Complete promotions for free stuff or store credit:

Samples! All the samples!

Free Trials:

Do You See Me?

I hope I’m not staring

when I’m sitting opposite you.

I hope you’re staring

when I’m not looking.

I hope we’ll stare

and it’ll be okay

one day.


Yes, I have a crush on a girl. 🙂 ❤ Shhhh don’t tell!

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Writing Resources

Hand-picked resources jut for you guys! The title says it all. Go and write!

RIP Nice Weather


Psst! I’m working on a short story–I’m hoping it will be good and scary. Stay tuned!

 

Free Movies

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